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Productivity / Performance

Do they just have the ‘blahs’ or is staff burned out?

10/20/2020
Today’s workers feel the strain of maintaining high performance in an environment that makes success decidedly more difficult. It’s important for managers to be able to identify and deal with burnout—the loss of interest and motivation that can result from workplace pressures.

Document performance problems to justify RIF list

09/24/2020
Use objective criteria when deciding who will keep or lose their job during a reduction in force. Then be sure to document your specific, business-related reasons for handing out pink slips. That will help you prevail in court if an employee sues, alleging a RIF was based on discrimination.

After layoffs, address employees’ survivor’s guilt

09/01/2020
U.S. employers announced nearly 1.6 million permanent job cuts in the first half of 2020, according to tracking by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. It’s a staggering number, and those who are left working almost certainly feel the strain of survivor’s guilt.

Work competition heats up even as teams are dispersed

08/18/2020
While many teams may be dispersed right now, a sense of workplace competition is alive and well, new research from global staffing firm Robert Half shows.

‘Windowed work’ driving pandemic-era productivity

07/28/2020
To an unprecedented degree, white-collar employees working from home are free to decide when they perform their jobs. A significant percentage are choosing to break their workdays into two or more discrete blocks instead of plowing straight through a standard eight-hour shift.

Google extends work-from-home, others could follow

07/28/2020
News that Google will allow most employees to work from home for 12 more months has other employers reconsidering their own plans to reopen workplaces this year.

4 ways you might unintentionally be adding to employee anxiety

07/24/2020
While you can’t solve many of the challenges your employees now face, you can help manage workplace anxiety by checking in with some of your own managerial habits. Here are four ways managers accidentally add stress to their employees’ lives, and how to adjust your style to be a more supportive leader.

Snapshot: How is remote work affecting productivity?

07/21/2020
Although 67% of employers plan on remote work continuing indefinitely, most say they don’t expect productivity to decline.

Due to COVID, some firms detach pay from performance

06/18/2020
Last year, a great majority of employers (85%) said they link employees’ pay directly to performance, according to a Mercer study. But the consulting firm says some companies are now incorporating a “compassion factor” in how they calculate goals and performance.

Work from home: To track productivity or not?

05/14/2020
For many employees and employers, the transition to remote work has been less than seamless. Employers—striving to maintain output under difficult circumstances—must balance business needs against human factors.